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Cycling & Mountain Biking

The opportunities for mountain biking in Ruapehu abound with numerous trails easily accessible from any of the towns & villages of the region.

Whether you are a first timer or downhill demon, there are trails to suit in and around the Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park. Ruapehu is proudly home to two of the New Zealand Cycleways Great Rides with the Timber Trail and the Mountains to Sea - Nga Ara Tuhono.
Set in amongst the diverse and spectacular central North Island terrain, there are also a number of other serviced cycleways including: the 42 Traverse,  Fishers TrackOhakune Old Coach Road and more.


Getting Here

Ruapehu is located in the centre of New Zealand's North Island halfway between Auckland and Wellington - both less than 4 hours drive.

Kiwirail operates scenic rail services between Auckland and Wellington, with stops at National Park Village and Ohakune, and national bus operators offer daily services to the area. Closest airports are Taupo, Whanganui and Palmerston North.

More information

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    How to keep safe while Biking in Ruapehu

    Every trip into the backcountry has an inherent degree of risk, which can be easily reduced through careful planning and good decision making. It doesn’t take long to plan. Use this guide to help you.

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    Download Visitor Guide

    Download the Ruapehu region's latest visitor guide here

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    Things to see and do

    Whether it’s adrenaline you’re after or relaxing with a good coffee enjoying the scenery, Ruapehu boasts easily accessible, family friendly activities to suit all palates.

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